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"Pentagon developing military options to deter Russian, Chinese influence in Venezuela"


Das Pentagon entwickelt gegenwärtig auf Anregung von Sicherheitsberater Bolton militärische Aktionspläne, die China, Russland und Kuba davon abhalten sollen, die Maduro-Regierung in Venezuela noch stärker zu unterstützen. "(...) even though Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently said that 'all options' remain on the table for dealing with Venezuela, several Pentagon officials continue to say there is no appetite at the Department of Defense for using US military force against the Venezuelan regime to try to force it from power. While President Donald Trump has called for Maduro to leave and has said the Russians have to get out of Venezuela, there is no indication he wants to commit US troops to a major military action there. Instead, deterrence options could include US naval exercises in the immediate region to emphasize humanitarian assistance and more military interaction with neighboring countries. The idea would be to challenge any Russian, Cuban or Chinese notion that they could have unchallenged access to the region."

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"US expected to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization"


Die US-Regierung könnte ihren Druck auf den Iran weiter erhöhen und die Revolutionsgarde in den kommenden Tagen formell als "Terrorgruppe" einstufen, berichtet Ryan Browne. "Defense officials have told CNN that US troops in Syria and Iraq often find themselves operating in close proximity to members of the IRGC. Last year, CNN reported that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats cautioned the administration that designating the IRGC could pose dangers to US forces, according to one source familiar with the matter. 'Under the cover of the Syrian war, the IRGC is now trying to plant military roots in Syria and establish a new strategic base to threaten Syria's neighbors such as Israel,' Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative for Iran, told reporters Tuesday. 'In Iraq, I can announce today, based on declassified US military reports, that Iran is responsible for the deaths of at least 608 American service members. This accounts for 17 percent of all deaths of US personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. This death toll is in addition to the many thousands of Iraqis killed by the IRGC's proxies,' he added."

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"Trump sparks confusion with tweet on North Korea-related sanctions"


US-Präsident Trump hat in einem Tweet den Verzicht auf eine Reihe geplanter Sanktionen gegen Nordkorea angekündigt und damit CNN zufolge für Verwirrung in den eigenen Reihen gesorgt. "Trump's announcement amounted to a startling rebuke of policy action being undertaken by his own government, which he in fact believed had already been publicly announced, once again calling attention to the unconventional and undisciplined policy process that has often defined the Trump administration. The White House declined to provide details on the sudden policy shift, but said Trump was pulling back the sanctions because he 'likes' North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. (...) 'We were caught off guard and people are still trying to figure out what is going on,' one administration official said, nearly three hours after Trump's tweet. 'Everyone over here is watching Twitter and the news.' These administration officials had yet to receive any guidance on the President's tweet. For now, they are simply in a holding pattern."

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"Inside the August plot to kill Maduro with drones"


CNN ist an neue Videos und Hintergrundinformationen zum fehlgeschlagenen Drohnenattentat auf den Präsidenten Venezuelas am 4. August 2018 gelangt. "One man has come forward as an organizer of the attack, saying it was perpetrated by a group of Venezuelan Army defectors and others. In an exclusive interview with CNN, he recounted how they prepared for the attack, and provided cell phone videos of their drones, explosives, and practice flights in the rural farmlands of Colombia. 'We have tried every peaceful and democratic way to bring an end to this tyranny that dresses itself as democracy,' he told CNN on condition of anonymity, referring to the Maduro regime. 'We have friends who are in custody, tortured. This was a hard decision.' He also acknowledged that the attack could have killed innocent civilians alongside their target. 'That was the risk we had to take,' he said. 'We cared about that as the Venezuelan people are always the ones feeling the consequences.'"

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"A snub and a last minute Hail Mary. Trump's tough lesson in North Korean diplomacy"


CNN mit einem detaillierten Hintergrundbericht über das gescheiterte Gipfeltreffen zwischen Donald Trump und Kim Jong Un. "President Donald Trump's second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was floundering from the start -- and it ended with a last-ditch effort by the North Koreans to keep the US at the negotiating table and stop Trump from walking away. (...) The last-gasp effort would still have left the US and North Korea at odds over the extent and pace of sanctions that would be removed in exchange for the nuclear facility's dismantlement. But some US officials believe that the final outreach from the North Koreans is a sign that the Kim is eager to strike a deal -- but whether it's the kind of deal the US would accept remains an open question. (...) US officials are now working toward organizing the next round of working-level discussions with North Korea within the next month, but North Korea has yet to confirm the timing and location of future talks, an administration official familiar with the negotiations said. Privately, some of Trump's top advisers on North Korea remain skeptical that Kim will be willing to move close enough to the US position on full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization."

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"Crisis may be easing, but nuclear threat still hangs over India and Pakistan"


Brad Lendon vergleicht die militärischen Kapazitäten Indiens und Pakistans, die Indien in vielen Bereichen einen klaren Vorteil gewähren. Pakistan habe darauf mit einer Nuklearstrategie reagiert, die den taktischen Einsatz von Atomwaffen zulasse. "[Peter Layton, a former Australian Air Force officer and now fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute,] worries that if the situation gets dire for Pakistan -- something that's far from what we're seeing at the moment -- they could be used before commanders in Islamabad could stop them. 'Pakistan has a strategic policy of delegating nuclear release approval down to lower level tactical units,' he said. 'There is a real danger of 'loose nukes,' that is lower-level bellicose commanders using tactical nuclear weapons if they see fit.' (...) 'Pakistan can use terrorist groups. That's a military strategy it has used for decades as a way to bridge the military gap with India,' [Nishank Motwani, a visiting fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy with expertise on India and Pakistan,] said. And every time India contemplates retaliation, the nuclear threat is there. 'It uses its nuclear weapon capability as a firewall that it uses to carry out terrorist strikes in India with impunity,' he said."

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"Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy"


CNN erklärt in dieser Exklusiv-Reportage, wie amerikanische Waffenlieferungen an Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate in die Hände extremistischer Gruppen in Jemen gelangen konnten. Die Waffen seien von den Verbündeten der USA offenbar als "Währung" genutzt worden, um die Loyalität bestimmter Milizen zu erkaufen. "Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have transferred American-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias, and other factions waging war in Yemen, in violation of their agreements with the United States, a CNN investigation has found. The weapons have also made their way into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels battling the coalition for control of the country, exposing some of America's sensitive military technology to Tehran and potentially endangering the lives of US troops in other conflict zones. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, its main partner in the war, have used the US-manufactured weapons as a form of currency to buy the loyalties of militias or tribes, bolster chosen armed actors, and influence the complex political landscape, according to local commanders on the ground and analysts who spoke to CNN."

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"Will a deadly Syria attack force the US to fight back, or withdraw faster?"


Vier Amerikaner sind bei einem Selbstmordanschlag des "Islamischen Staates" in der nordsyrischen Kurdenhochburg Manbij getötet worden. Nick Paton Walsh zufolge wird nun abzuwarten sein, ob der geplante Abzug der US-Truppen aus Syrien durch den Angriff beschleunigt oder verzögert werden wird. "(...) the Syrian regime and Syrian Arab rebels have each begun to stake claims in northern Syria, backed by their respective foreign powers. And the Kurds are pondering future partners to replace the US, their longtime ally in the fight against ISIS. ISIS has already been reduced territorially in Syria, controlling just a fraction of the land they used to rule. But their diehards and leadership are holding out in key areas of eastern Syria, and the Syrian Kurds have been moving fast to wipe out those pockets of resistance. Trump's declaration of withdrawal came at the worst possible time for that endgame. It may even have given ISIS hope, suggesting that within just a few months, the fearsome US airpower that had largely defeated them would be gone. (...) The question now is whether today's ghastly death toll on civilians and elite US troops will force Trump to commit to finishing the job in Syria, or push him to withdraw even faster."

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"Trump threatens to 'devastate' Turkey's economy if they attack Kurds in Syria"


Präsident Trump hat der Türkei in einer Twitter-Nachricht mit wirtschaftlicher "Verwüstung" gedroht, sollte Ankara die mit den USA verbündeten Kurden in Syrien angreifen. "It's a stark threat toward an ally in the region that has partnered with the US in the fight against ISIS. Turkey views some Kurdish groups in the region as terrorist organizations and Kurds make up the majority of US-allied fighters operating in Syria in the civil war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. On Monday, Turkey's Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Ankara expected Washington to 'honor' the two countries' strategic partnership. In a tweet directed at Trump, Kalin said 'terrorists can't be your partners (and) allies.'"

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"Yemen peace talks set for December, Mattis says"


Trotz der andauernden Kämpfe in Jemen sollen die Friedensverhandlungen nach dem Willen der US-Regierung Anfang Dezember wie geplant beginnen. Ob die USA den nach Ansicht vieler Experten notwendigen Druck auf Saudi-Arabien ausüben werden, bleibt allerdings fraglich. "Peace talks to end the conflict in Yemen will take place in Sweden in the next few weeks, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Wednesday, as experts cautioned that there's no guarantee Saudi Arabia will take the steps needed for that to happen. (...) Mattis said that both the Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi had agreed to attend. (...) Aaron David Miller, a vice president at the Wilson Center, said President Donald Trump's statement of support for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the face of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder suggests the US won't lean hard on Riyadh. 'You need a major change in Saudi policy to tamp down the violence in Yemen and yesterday's statements suggests to me we're not going to use the leverage we have,' Miller told CNN. 'We have massive leverage with the Saudis, but I see zero indication that Trump is prepared to weigh in heavily."

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"Donald Trump used a word he's 'not supposed to.' Here's why."


US-Präsident Trump hat sich bei einer Kundgebung offen dazu bekannt, ein "Nationalist" zu sein. Chris Cillizza erläutert, warum er die Verwendung dieses Begriffes in der politischen Rhetorik im Gegensatz zum "Patriotismus" weiterhin für bedenklich hält. "While patriotism, like nationalism, shares a pride and belief in one's own country or values, it doesn't include the idea of promoting your values and culture as inherently superior to those of others. Then there the historical context of the word 'nationalism.' It primarily conjures two close associations: Nazism and white nationalism. (...) Words matter. Especially when those words are coming out of the mouth of the President of the United States. Because he knows that calling himself a nationalist will get the crowd going, Trump uses the word. But, as President, he should realize that when he embraces an ideology with such incredibly negative historical (and current) connotations, he plays a very dangerous game with few possible positive outcomes for the country at large."

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"'We are not Libya': Defiant Damascus seeks new dawn amid the rubble"


Tamara Qiblawi, Claudia Otto und Frederik Pleitgen berichten in ihrer Reportage aus Syrien über den Beginn des Wiederaufbaus in der Hauptstadt Damaskus. "In all of Syria today, only the province of Idlib remains in rebel hands, and the Syrian government has already declared victory. Yet much of the country -- which CNN is visiting with the permission of the government -- is in tatters. The government of President Bashar al-Assad is cash-strapped, and its prospects of rebuilding are dim thanks to Western sanctions slapped on the regime for the war crimes it has been repeatedly accused of. The government also leaves behind it a blood-stained history that took a toll on nearly every Syrian family. Now, Damascus faces a reckoning. Syrians are picking up the pieces and, they say, the country will never be as it was before the war -- nor should it."

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"Trump warns Syria, Russia, Iran against attack on rebel stronghold"


US-Präsident Trump hat Syrien, Russland und Iran vor einer Offensive gegen die letzte große Rebellenhochburg Idlib gewarnt. Der russische Außenminister Lawrow hat vor wenigen Tagen behauptet, dass die Rebellen einen Chemiewaffeneinsatz der Assad-Regierung vortäuschen könnten, um eine militärische Reaktion der USA zu erzwingen. "CNN reported Friday that US intelligence and military targeting experts have created a list of Syrian chemical weapons facilities that could be struck if Trump decided to order a new round of airstrikes in the country. So far, a decision to take action has not been made, but one administration official with direct knowledge of the situation told CNN the military 'could respond very quickly' if Syria launched a chemical weapons attack."

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"Europe needs a clean break from America on security"


Trotz der jüngsten Forderungen französischer und deutscher Politiker nach einer größeren sicherheitspolitischen Unabhängigkeit Europas von den USA handle es sich nur auf den ersten Blick um eine echte "Rebellion", kritisiert Paul Hockenos. "(...) despite the bold-sounding words, the Europeans' vision is ultimately quite thin, uninspired and not new at all. Of course, it's encouraging in times of such instability that leaders emphasize the value of multilateralism, the rule of law and international cooperation. But at a unique moment, when fresh approaches to geopolitics could be hammered out, they appear willing to accept much of the outdated security assumptions of the American postwar order. (...) Europe has to sit down and fundamentally reappraise today's security risks rather than accept those presented by the US. In contrast to the Cold War years, it's not a clearly defined enemy state or bloc that poses the greatest threat, but rather the likes of climate change, resource shortages, global inequality and extremist ideologies."

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"Being indicted isn't Donald Trump's problem. Impeachment might be."


Noch vor den aufsehenerregenden Entwicklungen am Mittwoch hat FBI-Sonderermittler Robert Mueller dem Trump-Team Chris Cillizza zufolge bestätigt, dass es unabhängig vom Ergebnis der Untersuchung keine offizielle Anklage gegen den US-Präsidenten geben wird. Der verbleibende Weg, Trump nach einem möglicherweise belastenden Abschlussbericht Muellers zu "bestrafen", wäre demnach ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren durch den Kongress. "To date, national Democrats have been reluctant to talk too much about possible impeachment proceedings against Trump -- leaving that sort of talk to a small number of ultra-liberal members of the party. It remains to be seen whether Tuesday's events change the minds of people like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (...) The wild card, of course, is what Mueller's report ultimately finds. If it fully exonerates Trump, a move toward impeachment would likely be cast as a pure political ploy by Democrats. If it doesn't clear Trump, however, then Democrats will likely seriously consider the idea of impeachment. The question at that point is whether any Republicans would join them. Tuesday changed a lot of things in political Washington. One thing it didn't change is that the real threat to Donald Trump's presidency in all of this isn't indictment. It's impeachment."

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"Saudi-led strike kills dozens of children on school field trip in Yemen"


Bei einem Luftangriff der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militärallianz auf einen Schulbus in Jemen sind offenbar dutzende Kinder getötet worden. Die Militärallianz hat den Angriff in einer Reaktion als "legitim" verteidigt. "The children were on a field trip when their bus was struck at a market, the first stop of the day; 50 were killed and 77 injured, according to the ministry. Most of the children were inside the bus when the airstrike hit, according to a local medic, Yahya al-Hadi. The International Committee for the Red Cross said a hospital it supports in Saada had received 29 bodies of 'mainly children' younger than 15, and 40 injured, including 30 children. (...) Earlier Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition defended the airstrike as a 'legitimate military operation,' and a retaliation to a Houthi ballistic missile that targeted the kingdom's Jizan province on Wednesday night, according to the country's official news agency."

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"Exclusive: Pompeo says no timeline on North Korea negotiations"


US-Außenminister Pompeo hat Berichten widersprochen, denen zufolge die US-Regierung Nordkorea einen Zeitplan zur Umsetzung der Gipfelerklärung von Singapur vorlegen werde. "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN he would not put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea, but said the Trump administration will regularly assess the regime's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear program as the US moves toward normalizing relations with Pyongyang. In an exclusive telephone interview with CNN to mark his first two months in office, Pompeo said he wanted to see continued progress toward North Korean denuclearization, a promise leader Kim Jong Un made to President Donald Trump at their June 12 summit in Singapore. But the top US diplomat, Trump's point man on North Korea, declined to set a deadline by which he wanted to see the Democratic People's Republic of Korea make visible steps toward that goal."

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"Trump's history of dealmaking guides his quest for the biggest deal of his life"


Jeremy Diamond analysiert das Gipfeltreffen Donald Trumps mit Kim Jong-un in Singapur im Kontext früherer geschäftlicher Praktiken des US-Präsidenten. Trump wolle unbedingt einen Erfolg präsentieren und könne dabei möglicherweise vom politischen Skript abweichen. "When Trump is eager to make a deal, everything else fades from view, explained Jack O'Donnell, a former Trump Organization executive. 'Sometimes he would say, 'Get it at any price.' When he makes his mind up that he wants something, it really doesn't matter. The economics begin to disappear for him,' O'Donnell said, adding Trump would only get upset about deals made to satisfy those desires once the bill arrived. Experts Trump hired to run his various enterprises repeatedly hit walls when their advice ran counter to Trump's gut instincts or his vision of success".

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"China's ramping up pressure on Taiwan"


China bemühe sich weiterhin darum, Taiwan international zu isolieren, berichtet Katie Hunt. Mit Burkina Faso und der Dominikanischen Republik habe die Insel nun zwei weitere Verbündete an Peking verloren. "Taiwan accuses Beijing of 'dollar diplomacy,' enticing countries to switch allegiance with cash or other incentives -- a strategy that's become easier as China's grown richer and its pockets deeper. Beijing has also focused its attention on companies that don't toe its line on Taiwan. Some 44 airlines were recently warned not to list Taiwan separately from China on their websites and given a deadline to comply, a move the US government has described on May 5 as 'Orwellian nonsense.' (...) Bringing Taiwan back to the fold has eluded China's Communist leaders for nearly seven decades and would be a huge achievement for President Xi Jinping, who now has the option to rule for life. Chong-Pin Lin, a former deputy defense minister in Taiwan, said he believes reunification is still a long-term goal for Xi. For now, he says, Beijing is focused on deterring Taiwan from making a declaration of independence -- something that would be a huge embarrassment for Xi. 'Beijing is skillful at applying psychological pressure on Taiwan,' he says."

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"North Korea denuclearization could take a decade, experts say"


Eine Denuklearisierung Nordkoreas könnte nach Ansicht einiger Experten im Fall einer erfolgreichen Einigung auf dem geplanten Gipfeltreffen in Singapur bis zu zehn Jahre dauern. "The assessment, released Monday by experts at Stanford University, comes as the White House is trying to verify how committed North Korea is to denuclearization and how it could be achieved, ahead of a potential summit between the two leaders. Siegfried Hecker, a respected nuclear scientist who has previously traveled to North Korea to inspect its nuclear site, co-authored the roadmap with Robert Carlin, a Korea analyst who spent years at the CIA and State Department, and Elliot Serbin, Hecker's research assistant. The trio identified 22 specific programs or activities -- such as the country's nuclear weapons stockpile, its missile arsenal or its nuclear reprocessing facilities -- that US negotiators need to address with North Korea. Halting or suspending many of these will likely take less than a year, the authors estimate, but eliminating or setting limits on them will take six to 10 years."

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"Terror group JAD linked to Indonesia family suicide attacks"


Bard Wilkinson schreibt, dass die dem IS nahe stehende Terrorgruppe Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) mit den jüngsten Anschlägen in Indonesien in Verbindung gebracht wird. "Indonesia has long struggled with domestic terrorist groups, particularly Jemaah Islamiyah, which claimed responsibility for 11 attacks between 2000 and 2010, including the deadly 2002 Bali bombings, which left more than 200 people dead and hundreds injured, many of them tourists. Jemaah Islamiyah's capabilities have been steadily eroded by a concerted counter-terrorism effort since 2009. Indonesia has invested heavily in counter-terrorism, establishing the elite special forces unit Detachment 88, which has received support and training from the US and Australia, and has been credited with greatly reducing the number of attacks. However, in a report on ISIS published earlier this year, the UN Security Council said the group's losses in Iraq and the Syria may intensify the threat to South-East Asia."

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"North Korea will close nuclear test site in May, South says"


Nordkorea hat sich offenbar nach dem Gipfeltreffen mit Südkorea bereit erklärt, seine Atomtestanlage zu schließen und den Vorgang durch südkoreanische und amerikanische Beobachter verifizieren zu lassen. "In the comments released by Moon's office on Sunday, Kim also refuted claims by Chinese scientists earlier in the week that parts of the site had been so badly damaged by previous explosions that it may now be unusable. 'Some claim we are closing down an unusable test site, but if they come and see, they will understand that there are two bigger tunnels than the existing test facilities and that they are in a very good condition,' Kim said, according to Yoon. President Moon 'immediately welcomed' Kim's decision to make the process around the closure public, and the two leaders agreed to consult each other about the timeline for inviting South Korean and US experts and journalists 'as soon as the North is ready,' Yoon said Sunday."

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"Macron says he 'convinced' Trump to stay in Syria ahead of strikes"


Frankreichs Präsident Macron hat in einem Interview erklärt, US-Präsident Trump davon überzeugt zu haben, die US-Truppen nicht wie angekündigt aus Syrien abzuziehen und die Raketenangriffe vom vergangenen Wochenende auf syrische Chemieanlagen zu beschränken. "'Ten days ago, President Trump said the USA's will is to disengage from Syria. We convinced him that it was necessary to stay,' Macron said, during a two-hour televised interview with several French media outlets. (...) Macron said it had also been France which convinced Trump that the strikes had to be limited to suspected chemical weapons sites. Prior to the strikes, there had been reports Trump wanted to see tougher, more extended action in Syria but was talked down by his national security team."

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"UN report accuses North Korea of earning $200 million by violating sanctions"


Einem neuen UN-Bericht zufolge hat Nordkorea im vergangenen Jahr durch die erfolgreiche Umgehung internationaler Sanktionen z.B. durch Kohleexporte etwa 200 Millionen US-Dollar eingenommen. "Despite numerous rounds of international sanctions, North Korea exported almost all the commodities that had been prohibited in the resolutions between January and September of last year, the report indicates. It also indicates that North Korea exported coal to China, Malaysia, Russia and Vietnam, in addition to falsifying‎ documents to conceal the origin of the coal. China has consistently denied breaching sanctions. Investigators highlighted that North Korea 'is already flouting the most recent resolutions by exploiting global oil supply chains, complicit foreign nationals, offshore company registries and the international banking system,' the document states."

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"New York City explosion"


CNN berichtet über die aktuellen Erkenntnisse zum fehlgeschlagenen Terroranschlag in New York, der bislang keine Toten und nur wenige Verletzte gefordert hat. "Police Commissioner James O'Neil said the suspect's name is Akayed Ullah, who is 27 years old. He suffered burns and other wounds and is currently in the hospital. 'Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates that this male was wearing an improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body. He intentionally detonated that device,' O'Neil said."

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"Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital"


Wie erwartet hat US-Präsident Trump in einer Rede am Mittwoch Jerusalem als Hauptstadt Israels anerkannt und die Vorbereitung der Verlegung der US-Botschaft von Tel Aviv angekündigt. "'I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,' Trump said from White House's Diplomatic Reception Room. 'After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.' The move signaled a willingness on Trump's part to prioritize fulfilling a campaign promise over the consensus among US allies in the region and beyond that the decision could stymie the peace process and increase security risks in a region that is already on edge. 'Today, I am delivering,' Trump said, referencing his campaign promise. (...) senior officials said he will again sign a waiver to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv for the time being as they estimate it will take years before a new embassy can open in Jerusalem. Trump said his order to the State Department will begin the process of hiring architects and building contractors to build an embassy that will be a 'a magnificent tribute to peace.'"

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"Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed trying to flee Sanaa"


Der Tod des früheren Präsidenten Jemens, Ali Abdullah Saleh, wird von CNN als schwerer Schlag für die Friedensbemühungen im Bürgerkrieg gewertet. Saleh sei durch Huthi-Rebellen getötet worden. "Saleh's death at the hands of his former allies diminished hopes of an end to the country's protracted conflict and sparked fears of further bloodshed in rebel-held Sanaa. Two days earlier, Saleh announced the end of a three-year alliance with the Iranian-backed Houthis. He said he wanted to "turn the page" on relations with the Saudi-led coalition that launched a military intervention against the Houthis in Yemen in 2015, leading to a crippling blockade of the country. (...) Saleh's death seems likely to inflame what has become a proxy war in Yemen between Saudi Arabia and Iran. (...) 'Despite what may have seemed like a dramatic victory for Saleh, the Houthis fought back and they fought back hard,' said Yemen analyst at the European Council of Foreign relations and former resident of Sanaa, Adam Baron. 'What you're seeing now is that the Houthis are potentially poised to really completely consolidate power in Yemen ... this makes a peace deal less possible,' he added."

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"ISIS routed in Raqqa as 'major military operations' declared over"


Ein Sprecher der arabisch-kurdischen Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) hat die Kämpfe um Raqqa, die einstige "Hauptstadt" des "Islamischen Staates", für weitgehend beendet erklärt. "The development marks a decisive victory in the fight against ISIS, though US officials said there were still pockets of resistance in the city. 'Major military operations in Raqqa are finished but they are now clearing the city of sleeper cells - if they exist - and mines,' Talal Salo, spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, told CNN. The SDF is a coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters. 'The situation in Raqqa is under control and soon there will be an official statement declaring the liberation of the city.' The routing of ISIS in Raqqa is a symbol of the terror group's decline - it now controls a small strip of territory along the Euphrates river in northern Syria."

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"North Korean hackers stole US-South Korea war plans, official says"


Hackern ist es CNN zufolge gelungen, in südkoreanische Systeme einzudringen und streng geheime Militärpläne zu stehlen. "Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea's National Assembly, (...) told CNN on Tuesday that he received information about the alleged hacking from the Defense Ministry. He said the documents stolen included the South Korea-US wartime operational plan and a document that includes procedures to 'decapitate' the North Korean leadership. About 235 gigabytes worth of military data was stolen by the hackers, Rhee said. (...) Depending on the level of detail in the stolen plans, the hack could pose serious challenges for the US-South Korean alliance. 'If the North Koreans in fact accessed the US/South Korean defense plans, this is a treasure trove of information and presents a real danger,' said CNN military analyst and retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona."

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